An artist who was just beginning his professional career moved into a city flat. For more than a year he devoted his spare time to transforming the spacious bathroom into a stunning underwater scene with seaweed, lovely shells, brilliantly coloured fish and, on the ceiling, he painted the bottom of a small boat resting on the surface of the water.

Something went wrong with the plumbing one day and when the plumber arrived the artist directed him to the bathroom, and then returned to his own work.

In a few minutes the plumber emerged exclaiming, “Beautiful! Beautiful!”

“Why, thank you,” said the artist, flattered.

“Do you realise, Mate,” the plumber went on enthusiastically, “you don’t have a single galvanised pipe in there … they’re all copper!”

In the Eye of the Beholder

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